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3:15 AM ET, September 20, 2019


 Top News: 
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube to tighten creator verification in October, focusing on channels with a need for proof of authenticity and clarifying verification isn't an endorsement  —  YouTube's verification program is getting a massive overhaul, the company announced today, which will likely result in a number …
The Lenfest Institute for Journalism:
Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund makes first grants: $5.25M to three Philadelphia recipients to support new models for local journalism  —  Fund's first grants to support new local journalism models, advanced technology for newsrooms  —  The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund …
Financial Times:
Amid rising competition and a dramatic fall in US subscribers during Q2, doubts arise over the sustainability of Netflix's debt-driven business model  —  On a sunny midsummer weekend in Los Angeles, Netflix turned the Santa Monica Pier — one of the city's busiest tourist destinations …
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
Experts say the enormous amounts spent on old shows like Seinfeld and The Big Bang Theory ignore a key point: we have no way of knowing how much shows are worth  —  The numbers are enough to make you think it's 1995 and George is first getting mad at Jerry for breaking their pact.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nexstar Media completes $7.2B acquisition of Tribune Media, creating the biggest US broadcaster, reaching 39% of US households with TV stations in 115 markets  —  $7.2B deal creates largest U.S. broadcaster  —  Nexstar Media said it completed its $7.2 billion acquisition of Tribune Media to create the biggest broadcaster in the U.S.
Discussion: Radio & Television … and Variety
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Hearst Television says its stations will sell ads based on audience impressions instead of ratings, a method NBCU/Telemundo local stations are using as well  —  Hearst Television said its stations will begin selling TV ads based on audience impressions, a shift away from traditional ratings.
David Cohen / Adweek:
Nielsen Social Content Ratings, which measure talent's promotion of TV shows on social media, now include Instagram in addition to Twitter and Facebook  —  Facebook and Twitter were already being tracked  —  The Nielsen Social Content Ratings now measure talent's promotion …
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Omar Sanchez / The Wrap:
Acorn TV, AMC's British film and TV show streaming service, has passed 1M subscribers in Canada and the US
Hilary Russ / Reuters:
DAZN reaches distribution deal with Comcast, its first in North America; Xfinity Flex box users will have access to DAZN starting today
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Marcela Kunova /
BBC tests a browser extension that blurs out text, images, and headlines of articles based on personalized trigger words that can prompt anxiety in readers
Discussion: Ad Age
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T is considering parting ways with its DirecTV unit, including spinning it off into a separate public company or combining assets with Dish